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5GB Free Storage with Windows Live SkyDrive

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Hi all, Just received an email about this. 5 GB of free online storage, available from any computer with Internet access. Create personal, shared, and public folders -- you decide who has acce… Read More
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9y, 3m agoFound 9 years, 3 months ago
Hi all,

Just received an email about this.

5 GB of free online storage, available from any computer with Internet access.
Create personal, shared, and public folders -- you decide who has access to each folder.
Windows Live SkyDrive works well on any Windows or Macintosh computer with Firefox 1.5 or higher, or Internet Explorer 6 or higher.

Your personal folders are password-protected with your Windows Live ID, so only you have access.

Security
When you create a shared folder, the friends you're sharing with need to sign in with their own Windows Live ID and password.
Just like at your online bank, all file transfers are protected using Secure Socket Layers (SSL).

Personal
Use personal folders to back up important files that are only for you.
Get to your files from any computer with Internet access by signing in with your Windows Live ID.

Shared
Shared folders make it easy to collaborate with coworkers or classmates.
You decide how much control each person has over each shared folder. Some can just read what's there: others can add and delete files.
Everyone who is sharing uses their own Windows Live ID.
Public

With public folders, anyone on the Internet can view your files, but they can't change them.
Want to show your public files to others? Just send them a link! Each folder and file has its own web address.
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#1
Thanks, should come in handy.
#2
Thanks for bringing this to my atention, good as an off-site backup (I must be the paranoid type) for a few important files.
#3
Looks good, there are many free online storage sites, but I think it's safe to assume that Microsoft should be (reasonably) reliable. At the very least, I'd like to think they won't go bankrupt!
#4
Many thanks, just what i was looking for. rep added.
#5
This has been about ages on beta but i think it only had 1GB of space!

So thanks for the heads up!
#6
nice one, cheers. I only have 100mb of webspace with my ISP.

worto.
#7
voted cold - all the same features available at [url]www.humyo.com[/url] - 30GB free online storage, or 50GB free online storage at http://adrive.com/ although i haven't played around with this yet, so don't know if it has all the same features as the one listed. Both sites are password protected though.
#8
Nice, got a live ID, so may as well grab some space. Thanks :)
#9
Still think it's a good thing, 5Gb is better than nothing. Especially as it links in well if you are already a user of other Microsoft offerings like Messenger and Hotmail.

Also, remember that Microsoft tend to start with low quotas but will generally increase as popularity increases.

Thanks.
#10
It's sending me round in circles.
Click here to get started... so I did. Click to accept our T+Cs... so I did.
Click here to get started... This service is not available in your region.
And so on...

Laptop nearly exited the building.

Edit: Wonder if this is due to my using iBahn internet from a hotel room? It routes via servers in Germany.
#11
Looks really promising but the one thing I find really annoying about SkyDrive is that you cannot upload folders - only the files within them. If I want to upload my collection of photos, for example, I have to manually create folders on SkyDrive and then upload the contents of each folder separately. If I could simply drag and drop a selection of folders, I can do this in one operation!
#12
mugi: it's not just you. i try to sign up and just get 'error code: 15' then sent out to a 'get live!' page. this is why google > microsoft. ;)
#13
nice but i could do with more space but thanks
#14
Cheers OP

Just signed up and have already backed up the baby pictures on there, very qick and easy to use, the drag and drop facility is top notch

Heat & Rep added
#15
Nice one, longie. This will come in very handy as a backup for a few photos etc.

Have some heat & rep :D
#16
Heard about it couple of days back! Official Blog Entry by Windows Live SkyDrive Team : http://skydriveteam.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!977F793E846B3C96!1697.entry !!

http://oupxlq.bay.livefilestore.com/y1pfARZhB-evsusoRkrb8oQYAbC-j8jAAXYV--mW0-_rEhj0JL4p_WMpAQl6vkU-PwChGJJ2q_0QixD9dMAo7RIpw/SkyDrive_storage.gif

^^ Good One :-D !!
#17
For those complaining about folders, if you are trying to use this as just a simple back up of important collections, just create a zip/archive file and add the whole of your collection to it, then upload that one archive file.

that is, if this uploader does not have file size limits, and your connection doesnt drop out.

does anyone know if this service will let you resume an upload if it the connection is lost?
#18
Use 7zip (link), a free file archiver, to quickly put any documents/pics etc into one archived file and then upload that. Saves uploading each file seperately :thumbsup:

EDIT: marcosdjcm beat me to it :roll:
#19
There is a 50MB max file size so make sure your archive is below this before uploading.
#20
you can ask winzip or winrar to split your archive into say 49mb chunks so if it's over 50mb just get it to split into more files. Then drag and drop.

worto.
#21
Looks like they are having problems with the site........doesn't load or "service unavailable"

:?
#22
This also has great integration with Windows Live Spaces and in turn their photo module integrates with Facebook, so storing photos in Skydrive is great if you want to show them off in Facebook.
#23
Good find but having problem logging in. Must be all the HUKD users!! LOL. Thanks again!
#24
Mediamax is much better, and you get 25GB of free storage, plus a direct desktop connection to your folders if required [url]www.mediamax.com[/url]

Steve
#25
Cool. Might come in handy.
banned#26
freebiehunter
Mediamax is much better, and you get 25GB of free storage, plus a direct desktop connection to your folders if required [url]www.mediamax.com[/url]

Steve


10mb file size limit on mediashare tho' :)
#27
so what's the downsite with mediamax? 25gb of online free storage? Something has to give there!
#28
It has been a common Microsoft strategy for years to offer a service for free to get rid of unwanted competition. Once that goal is accomplished (and you've got used to it and uploaded all your stuff) the service is likely to become chargeable.

The same applies to the free Office Live webhosting and domain service.

As long as you don't expect this to remain free forever, it seems a very generous deal. Hot!
#29
Nice one - Ta!
banned#30
Mike73
At the very least, I'd like to think they (Microsoft ) won't go bankrupt!


I'd like to think that they will :roll:
#31
used the beta for a while, I find it useful...so it is a hot vote from me.
#32
Very good, voted hot... if only I could log-in or register.
#33
ftse100
voted cold - all the same features available at [url]www.humyo.com[/url] - 30GB free online storage, or 50GB free online storage at http://adrive.com/ although i haven't played around with this yet, so don't know if it has all the same features as the one listed. Both sites are password protected though.


Voted hot for the OP because, even though 5Gb isn't enough for me, this thread has led to a couple of other posts which recommend three other sites that I have checked out.

Humyo.com looks very good - 25Gb of media files plus 5Gb of other file types - all for free. You can access from other PCs, web social sites and even from mobile phones. What is the catch? Well, they would like you to sign up for their premium service which costs £29.99 per annum for 100Gb storage and which can be used as another drive on your PC. Free software from them will allow the storage to stay in synch with files on the PC - now that does interest me. There is no obligation to go for the premium service and you can stay on the free one for ever - all you have to do is log in at least once every 90 days to keep it active.

Adrive.com site was down for maintenance so not able to check that one out just yet.

Another post mentioned mediamax.com and their site looks pretty good too - 25Gb for free.

Good posts - thanks very much for the info.
#34
Get slightly more features through this quidco link including the above storage but they pay you a fiver.

http://www.quidco.com/microsoft-office-live/

Its free money from Microsoft!!!
#35
does anyone know if all the sites mentioned will work for hosting pictures for eBay?
#36
gremlin;1634481
does anyone know if all the sites mentioned will work for hosting pictures for eBay?

Im sure if you make the pictures public you should be able to use them for external links :)
#37
ftse100
voted cold - all the same features available at [url]www.humyo.com[/url] - 30GB free online storage, or 50GB free online storage at http://adrive.com/ although i haven't played around with this yet, so don't know if it has all the same features as the one listed. Both sites are password protected though.


I don't think you're being fair. You may get a lot less space BUT there's no doubt that the site will always be up and running so you can safely retrieve your files! Heat added.
#38
Ive been using this for a good while now: http://drive.freevirtualservers.com/Pages/Home
30gb Storage and easy to use.

Its run by humyo too btw.. so i guess thats another vote for them, very good.
#39
RedSkywalker
I don't think you're being fair. You may get a lot less space BUT there's no doubt that the site will always be up and running so you can safely retrieve your files! Heat added.


It's broken already! :w00t: Try and sign up haha.
#40
Meh....they just want to get their greasy mitts on all the free porns that people will store there. <_<

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